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welcome to "world news tonight." cruz missile. the texas senator surging to first place in iowa. trump, not going down without a fight. calling cruz a maniac. this, as the big debate showdown is just two days away. extreme weather. tornadoes tear through texas. the neighborhood destroyed. this train knocked right off the tracks. plus, will these record high temperatures ruin dreams of a white christmas? radical road. the jihadi couple and the terror postings. did the feds overlook clues on social media? plus, the inside story of the deadly shootout with police from one of the cops chasing them down. and, present danger? you've seen the terrifying scenes like this. now amazon, taking down certain hoverboards over fears of fire. tonight, the concern that has some parents saying, "no way!"
good evening. thanks for joining us on this sunday. i'm tom llamas. we begin with a major shift in the race for the white house. a republican challenger coming on strong. two polls show that ted cruz is now the man to beat in iowa. ten points up in a new poll, rising more than 20 points, a record-breaking surge. the iowa caucus is now just 50 days away. the republicans are set to face off in a high-stakes debate on tuesday, and trump already trying to take down cruz. mary bruce is at the white house tonight. >> reporter: tonight, senator ted cruz is cruising, passing donald trump in iowa. it's a meteoric rise for the texas senator, a 21-point gain since october in one poll. so far cruz and trump have been friendly rivals, but trump is now taking aim. >> when you look at the way he's dealt with the senate, where he goes in there like a -- you
know, frankly, like a little bit of a maniac. he'll never get anything done. that's the problem with ted. >> reporter: cruz responding, tweeting this clip from the movie "flashdance." and saying, in honor of good-hearted maniacs everywhere. this after cruz questioned trump's ability to be commander-in-chief. >> it's a question of judgment. >> i would say i have far better judgment than ted, and i think i have a really great temperament. >> reporter: and trump has a new message for any gop party leader conspiring against him. >> i'm sorry i did this to you, but you've got to get used to it. it's one of those little problems in life. >> reporter: trump maintains strong support in iowa even as he denounces the polling. >> the "des moines register" is the worst. they are the worst. >> reporter: but as cruz rises, ben carson is falling. >> poll numbers go up and down. i wasn't -- i wasn't excited when they were up. i'm not excited when they were down. you know, this is a very fluid contest. >> reporter: and it looks like
they may have a new candidate to contend with. >> i've made a big decision, i'm entering the race for president of the united states of america. >> reporter: "saturday night live" bringing back will ferrell as president george w. bush. >> the field of republicans out there is so messed up, i figure it makes you feel like you miss me, doesn't it? >> reporter: cruz is rising just as republicans get to ready to face off in their fifth debate on tuesday. where trump will be center stage. but for the first time, cruz will be standing right next to him. tom? >> mary, thank you. and the democrats will debate this week as well. join david muir and martha democratic debate, saturday, december 19th, 8:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. central, right here on abc. and new questions about the terrorist attack in san bernardino and whether it might have been stopped.
also tonight, inside the chase and the shootout with the police officer right behind the killers' black suv. we'll hear from him. here's kayna whitworth. >> reporter: tonight, investigators testing what they dredged out of this lake after three days of searching. still no word whether they've found any traces of that missing hard drive belonging to syed farook and tashfeen malik. a digital footprint that could prove critical for investigators amid new questions about the screening that allowed malik into the country in the first place. >> had they checked out tashfeen malik a little more, maybe she wouldn't have gotten a visa. maybe those people in san bernardino would be alive. >> reporter: malik vetted by homeland security, the state department, and had a criminal background check. but investigators don't always scrub social media. after the attack they found malik's facebook post critical of moderate muslims. now the "new york times" reports she also talked openly on social media in support of violent jihad and "wanted to be a part of it." >> i'm asking to immediately
initiate a program that would check the social media sites of those admitted on visas to see if they are using words like jihad, explosives, mass shootings. it's outrageous that this isn't already done. >> reporter: tonight, one of the officers who chased the killer couple down is speaking out. sergeant andy capp. >> they haven't stopped. and the back window of their suv shatters. and i see gunfire coming out of it. >> reporter: the black suv pulls over. farook gets out and starts firing. capps gets out to return fire. >> i saw him shooting at a deputy. that i know was across the street. that's when i opened fire on him. >> reporter: the terrorists were killed in that shootout. the first time in his 23 years on the force that he ever fired his weapon while on duty. >> kayna, thank you. next, to the extreme weather tonight. more than 100 million people feeling it this weekend, the
worst of it in texas. take one look. one of three confirmed tornadoes destroying this neighborhood. high winds knocking this train off its tracks. heavy rains triggering flash flooding, too. kendis gibson in east texas tonight. >> reporter: tonight, a view from the air of devastation across the state of texas. >> wow. i think that's a tornado. >> reporter: in willis, a tornado destroying roofs, uprooting trees, toppling vehicles. >> tornado just hit. >> reporter: tiny lindale, described as a disaster area by its first responders. a tornado damaging up to 50 homes. >> we are striving to keep unnecessary people out and have only the people that need access into this area. >> reporter: the twister coming within feet of luke griffin's home. where did it go? >> it just started back that way towards the high school and you can see up there on that lane where it just came right through here. it was just a white wall of stuff flying everywhere. >> reporter: jennifer skender, out christmas shopping when the tornado ripped apart her home of 11 years.
a neighbor texting her these photos of her house. >> i'm just thankful we weren't home. i think the lord sent us away and he spared us. >> reporter: two dozen severe storms, some parts receiving up to half a foot of rain to some parts of texas and wind gusts powerful enough to throw 64 large cargo train cars from the trestle and onto a roadway below. tonight, as people here continue the massive clean-up effort, authorities are astounded that not a single injury has been reported in these weekend storms. tom? >> kendis, thank you. and indra peterson, the severe weather is on the move tonight, right? >> yes. from washington through louisiana, look at the heavy rain still making its way through. expected to affect the midwest through tomorrow morning.
and out west, another major storm. 45-mile-an-hour wins. showers from san francisco through los angeles. and someone has a foot of snow, great ski season in the pacific northwest. >> and here in new york city, a completely different story. this was central park, people were having picnics and running in t-shirts and shorts. it feels like spring. how long will this last? >> it feels good, but temperatures 15, 25 degrees above normal. breaking records. but it's not going to last. but we'll be talking about them going down by next weekend. so look for seasonal winter-like temperatures. but here's the catch. only for about two days. by the time we get to the holidays, the temperatures right back up. >> indra, thank you. and now to the pacific northwest, an enormous black cloud over portland, oregon. a truck carrying fuel slid off the road and slammed into a tanktan tanker train, catching on fire. the driver did not survive.
and from los angeles tonight, a controversial police shooting caught on camera. in a new case, a man on a busy street reportedly firing into the air, ignoring calls to stop. and then two officers shooting him, then firing again when he was down. linsey davis with more of the video, and what police are saying tonight. >> reporter: the video shows los angeles county sheriff's deputies fatally shooting a man walking away from them. they fire repeatedly even after he falls to the ground, attempting to crawl away. the sheriff's department says the man, 28-year-old nicholas robertson, had a gun pointed at them and refused the officers' repeated demands to drop it. they say they recovered a loaded .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun at the scene. more than a dozen people gathered to protest saturday evening. relatives who saw the video saying the shooting seems unjustified, and accusing the officers of using excessive force. >> they shot him in his
shoulder, and he was crawling to this gas station. >> reporter: police released this video on sunday, which clearly shows robertson, walking down the street with a gun in his left hand. when he was shot, he was in front of a crowded gas station. >> there are two people, two women and three children, in a car at a gas pump that is within five feet of him at the time. >> if he goes in and takes hostages or shoots somebody, we're going to be having a different topic, why didn't the police officers do something before he went in? >> reporter: they say robertson had fired six or seven shots in a nearby residential area. for now, investigators say they're not making any judgments until all the facts are in. lindsey davis, abc news, new york. in the bay area, tonight, new developments in the search for more than 350 newborns that may have been exposed to
tuberculosis. what we're learning about the nurse and the risk to the babies, the mothers, and hundreds of other adults. here's aditi roy. >> reporter: tonight, a major medical scare in san jose, california. officials at the santa clara valley medical center are racing to contact over 1,000 people may have been exposed to tuberculosis after a maternity ward nurse tested positive for the deadly disease. the hospital has identified 350 newborns, 368 mothers and 308 workers who may have had contact with the nurse between mid-august to mid-november. the hospital posting this letter to its website, "while the risk of infection is low, the consequences of a tuberculosis infection in infants can be severe." hospital officials recommend that the babies protectively take an antibiotic for the next six months to nine months even if they test negative. >> the judgment is, it's safer to treat than not to treat. >> reporter: hospital officials say the nurse's annual t.b. test was negative but she was diagnosed with t.b. in november
during treatment for an unrelated illness. since she showed no symptoms, they say the risk of exposure is extremely low. nearly 10,000 people in the u.s. develop tuberculosis every year. here in california, health officials say t.b. rates are twice as high as the nation's average because the state receives so many global travelers. tom? >> aditi, thank you. next to a major alert for consumers, including one scam you probably haven't heard of. and the one cheating americans out of the most money every year. here's gloria riviera. >> reporter: from threatening phone calls -- >> within the next hour they will be at your doorstep to handcuff you and put you behind bars. >> reporter: -- to pressure to act now. >> the issue is extremely serious and time sensitive. >> reporter: scam artists are bilking americans out of millions. tonight, a major consumer advocate revealing the five biggest scams of the year. the better business bureau giving abc news a first look at what its new scam tracker
measuring complaints in all 50 states reveals. >> you can see real time what is happening with the scam and get a profile of the scammers. >> reporter: number five on the list, fake government grants sold to consumers for a small fee. number four, fake tech support. andrea hahn was browsing online when a voice came through her laptop saying it was infected. she called the number on the screen and -- >> they took control of the computer. >> reporter: number three, those fake sweepstakes asking for a small fee to collect a prize. number two, aggressive debt collectors impersonating authorities. number one on the list, the irs scam. still surging this holiday season, 2,000 reports a day, victims losing altogether $1 million a month. >> he said i'll be going to jail and agents would be coming to handcuff me and take me away. >> reporter: kevin lemon is one of them. he lost $500.
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after catching on fire. here's clayton sandell. >> reporter: after frightening scenes like this. >> holy cow. >> reporter: a hoverboard suddenly catching fire in a washington state shopping mall. there's new concern about some of the season's hottest gifts getting way too hot. >> it's on fire! >> reporter: the federal consumer product safety commission says it is now testing ten hoverboard blazes in nine states. now, megaretailer amazon has stopped selling at least one brand firefighters say was being charged when it ignited this new york home. that manufacturer, swagway, says it meets all safety requirements. telling abc news, we're glad this is taking place. especially in light of recent concerns with the fires with the poor quality batteries. concern over lithium-ion batteries is also prompt ing american and delta to join united and jetblue in banning hoverboards on planes.
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finally tonight, home for the holidays. some servicemen just can't resist having a little fun surprising their loved ones. creating some priceless moments. here's john donvan. >> reporter: look at that kid's smile. and santa claus, and who's that guy in the back? here's a hint. it's the time of the year for the happy prank, dads surprising their boys in gym class. like this 6-year-old in houston. or hide behind santa, like trent baskerville did.
nine months, he was in afghanistan. >> i'm very anxious to see them. >> reporter: but now this. >> daddy! >> reporter: 6-year-old jordan took a moment to thank the man in red. and this brings us to the photo. with our face of happiness. here's what actually happened. rob stella had been gone a year in the navy, and it took a while for the kids to spot him on this day. but here's what you get. and a reminder that happiness on a kid's face can also look like this. john donvan, abc news, washington. >> maybe the best christmas ever. we thank john donvan for that gift. "gma" in the morning and david muir right back here tomorrow night. i'm tom llamas in new york. have a great evening. good night. at tonight's "afv."